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"No puedo llevar una vida normal porque los agentes de la Seguridad del Estado interrumpen en cualquier momento", denunció a DIARIO DE CUBA la periodista independiente Sol García Basulto.

"Imagínate tratar de seguir un programa, una agenda de trabajo, cuando las autoridades te citan, te detienen, te arrestan, te aplican una medida cautelar que implica firmar todos los miércoles en sus oficinas, y todo esto sin que hayas cometido delito alguno", contó.

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Iván García, 11 May 2017 — Scarcely a block away from the majestic Grand Hotel Manzana Kempinski, whose inauguration is expected next June 2nd, next to the Payret cinema, a state-owned cafeteria sells an acidic and insipid hamburger with bread for the equivalent of 50 centavos. Workers in the neighbourhood and beggars who survive on asking … Continue reading "Cuba: Forbidden Fruit / Iván García" Continue reading
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On May 17th, James Leitner set off on his 3200+ mile Walk Across America to raise awareness and money for the global water crisis. PRINCETON, NJ, UNITED STATES, May 19, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, James Leitner from … Continue reading

El senador republicano Marco Rubio aplaudió este jueves las sanciones impuestas por el Gobierno de EEUU a ocho miembros del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ) de Venezuela, al considerar que la decisión demuestra que proteger los derechos humanos del país es "una prioridad" para el presidente leer más

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El Gobierno apuró el paso este viernes para cumplir algunas tareas pendientes antes de que Raúl Castro abandone la presidencia. El III Pleno del Comité Central del Partido Comunista ratificó dos documentos programáticos en una reunión donde reapareció Marino Murillo, vicepresidente del Consejo de Ministros y apartado de la foto de familia del poder desde noviembre del año pasado.

Apenas 40 días antes de que se cumpliera el plazo prometido se aprobaron la Conceptualización del Modelo Económico y Social Cubano de Desarrollo Socialista y las bases del Plan Nacional de Desarrollo Económico y Social hasta el 2030. El paquete incluyó también la conformidad con las nuevas modificaciones a los Lineamientos de la Política Económica y Social del Partido y la Revolución.

Una nota leída en la edición del mediodía del noticiero televisivo reportó que el presidente Raúl Castro considera a estos documentos como "los más estudiados, discutidos y rediscutidos de la historia de la Revolución". La aprobación de los textos ocurre tras un largo proceso donde, según se afirma, participaron más de un millón y medio de cubanos.

El Pleno acordó someter a la consideración de la Asamblea Nacional la Conceptualización del Modelo y los Lineamientos, pero en relación al Plan solo propuso informar a los parlamentarios sobre lo aprobado.[[QUOTE:En el documento están ausentes temas de gran interés para la población como la eliminación del sistema de racionamiento, el ejercicio del trabajo por cuenta propia en profesiones diplomadas o los derechos humanos]]La ratificación de estas programáticas llega en un momento difícil para el país. El pasado año la Isla experimentó un decrecimiento del 0.9% de su Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) por primera vez desde 1995. Detener esa caída y obtener un incremento del PIB es el principal objetivo económico del Gobierno para este año.

La crisis política y económica en Venezuela ha provocado una abrupta caída de las importaciones petroleras a la Isla. De unos 100.000 barriles diarios que recibió Cuba a precio subvencionado durante los mejores años del estrechamiento de vínculos con el país sudamericano, los analistas calculan en que ahora solo llegan menos de la mitad.

Una petrolera rusa ha asumido de emergencia el suministro y planea enviar en los próximos meses unas 250.000 toneladas de petróleo y diésel a la Isla, donde desde el pasado año se ha racionado el consumo de electricidad en las entidades estatales y se han aplicado recortes en el suministro de combustible.

El panorama actual cuestiona directamente lo establecido en el Plan para 2030.

En la Conceptualización no se hace alusión a que el objetivo final del socialismo cubano sea construir la sociedad comunista; tampoco se menciona como meta la supresión de la explotación del hombre por el hombre.

En el documento están ausentes temas de gran interés para la población como la eliminación del sistema de racionamiento, el ejercicio del trabajo por cuenta propia en profesiones diplomadas o los derechos humanos.

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EEUU negó el asilo político al psicólogo cubano Maykel Fuentes Valero y lo deportó este miércoles a la Isla, según informa Martí Noticias.

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The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Scholar, and Racial Justice Activist Named EDS’s New Dean CAMBRIDGE, MA, UNITED STATES, May 19, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary today announced that they have … Continue reading
Cuban Professionals Are Afraid In Venezuela

14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 18 May 2017 — Seen from the Venezuelan
opposition as an army of occupation and from the Venezuelan government
as soldiers of socialism, tens of thousands of Cuban professionals live
a situation that is complicated day after day in convulsive
Venezuela. The Cuban government has asked them to stay "until the last
moment," but misery, fear and violence are overwhelming athletes,
doctors and engineers.

"We are not soldiers and we did not come to Venezuela to put a rifle on
our shoulders," says a Cuban doctor from the state of Anzoátegui who
asked for anonymity for fear of reprisals.

According to the physician, who has been working for two years in the
country, Havana has asked them to remain "with honor until the last
moment," in a clear allusion to the possible fall of the Venezuelan
government.

"We are working under a lot of pressure because the Medical Mission is
adept at continuing to insist that services not be closed and that we
maintain our position here in spite of everything," he adds.

In Venezuela there are about 28,000 health workers and thousands of
others who are sports instructors, engineers, agricultural technicians
and even electricians. The model of paying for Cuban professional
services through the export of oil to Cuba has never been clearly
exposed by the Venezuelan government.

According to Nicolás Maduro, since Chavez came to power, more than
250 billion dollars have been invested in the so-called "missions." The
former Minister of Economy of the Island, José Luis Rodríguez, published
last April that Cuba received 11.5 billion dollars a year in payment for
professional services rendered abroad, most of which comes from
Venezuela. Other sources consider, however, that this is a very inflated
number, although Havana's profits are undoubtedly very high.

"We are afraid every day about what could happens to us. Sometimes they
throw stones at us at the CDI [Centro de Diagnóstico Integral, doctor's
offices] or they yell all kinds of insults at us. Every day there are
demonstrations in front of the medical unit and nobody protects us,"
explains the doctor.

"So far they only attack us with words. They shout at us to get out of
here, that they do not want to see themselves like us and other
atrocities," he adds.

The doctor, however, assures that those who work in the missions also do
not want to be in that situation, but they are forced by the Cuban
Government, that exerts pressure through diverse mechanisms.

"If we leave, we lose the frozen accounts maintained for us in Cuba.
Also, if you leave the mission you are frowned upon in the health system
and you have no possibility of being promoted," he explains.

The Cuban government deposits $200 a month in a frozen account that at
the end of the three years the mission lasts in Venezuela, totals
$7,200. If the professional maintained "proper conduct and did their
duty," they can withdraw that money upon their return to the island. If
they return before the established period or their participation in the
mission is revoked (among other reasons for attempting to escape) they
lose all that money.

In Cuba 250 dollars a month are deposited that can be withdrawn when the
professional on the mission visits the Island once a year. Meanwhile, in
Venezuela, they receive 27,000 bolivars, less than 10 dollars a month.

In the case of health technicians, Cuba pays them 180 dollars in a
current account and another 180 dollars a month in an account frozen
until the end of the mission.

A Cuban radiologist who is in the Venezuelan state of Zulia explains
that for months they have no "Mercal," a bag of food delivered by the
Government of Venezuela.

"We live in overcrowded conditions with several colleagues and we do not
even have potable water," he adds.

"Thanks to some patients we can eat, but they are having a very bad
time. We are repeating something like the Special Period that we
experienced in Cuba," he says.

Although he fears for his life because of the situation in the country,
he says he is determined not to return to the island. "We have to endure
until the end. It is not fair to lose everything after so much
sacrifice," he says.

Following the outbreak of the protests in Venezuela, Cuban aid workers
have been directed not to leave their homes and have experienced reduced
communications with their families in Cuba.

"The internet is very bad, you can not even communicate. We have been
forbidden to go out after six o'clock in the afternoon, as if we were
slave labor, and on television they broadcast news that has nothing to
do with what we are living through," he explains.

Julio César Alfonso, president of Solidarity Without Borders, a
Miami-based nonprofit organization that helps Cuban health personnel
integrate into the US system, says the exodus of professionals has
increased in recent weeks.

"Even without the US Medical Professional Parole Program, which allowed
doctors to obtain refuge in the United States, they continue to escape
because of the situation in Venezuela," said the physician.

Alfonso added that his organization is lobbying to re-establish the
Parole Program, eliminated by former President Barack Obama in January,
and allowing more than 8,000 Cuban professionals to enter the United States.

Eddy Gómez is an critical care doctor who worked in the state of Cojedes
in western Venezuela. He decided to escape because he was afraid of the
difficult conditions in which he was forced to work.

"We had to work in dirty places, without air conditioning, exposed to
the fact that even the patients insulted us because we nothing to treat
them with," recalls the doctor who now lives in Bogota and acts as
spokesperson for dozens of other professionals who escaped medical missions.

"After the end of Medical Parole program people have continued to escape
and come to Colombia. There are more than 50 professionals who left
Venezuela after President Obama's decision to eliminate it. We hope that
Trump will admit doctors again," says Gómez.

To escape Venezuela, the Cubans have to pay the coyotes about $650 to
take them to Colombia. The path, full of dangers, includes a bribe to
Venezuela's Bolivarian National Guard that protects the borders, and to
whom they must be careful not to show their official passports issued to
them by the Cuban government because they would immediately be deported
to the Island.

"There are many Cubans who have died violently in Venezuela, but the
Cuban government does not tell the truth to their families, nor does it
pay them compensation," explains the doctor.

"We left Cuba looking for a better life, but in Venezuela we discovered
a real hell."

Source: Cuban Professionals Are Afraid In Venezuela – Translating Cuba -
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La situación que atraviesa Venezuela está adquiriendo un nivel "dramático" y la solución "verdadera" es la de la celebración de elecciones, según precisó este viernes el secretario de Estado vaticano, Pietro Parolin.

"Yo ya lo he dicho y aquí lo repito, que en este punto la solución verdadera es la de las elecciones: dar al pueblo la posibilidad de expresarse según lo que quiera", declaró el cardenal, según informa Radio Vaticano.

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Behind the 'Information Note'

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, 18 June 2017 — The regular readers of the
official press have learned that the most innocent headlines can hide
the most interesting news. Phrases such as Notice to the
population or Information note, which defy any elementary lesson in
journalism, alert those initiated into the special "granmer" of the
Granma newspaper that, behind the candid title, there could be hidden
some threat, a hope, or the apparent fulfillment of a formality, so that
no one can say that this or that detail was never published in the press.

On Thursday, the Directorate of Identification, Immigration and
Immigration (DIIE) published an "Information note"in the official media
in which it announces to Cubans permanently resident in the country that
its offices will be open to "update the address from where they will
exercise their right to vote."

The note then invokes Electoral Law No. 72 of 1992 to specify who has
the right to active suffrage.

The real information that underlies all this, is that the first steps
have now been taken to initiate the elections that will result in the
final departure of Raul Castro from the job of President of the Councils
of State and of Ministers. Perhaps even more significant, is that this
process will begin without the new electoral law having been
promulgated, regardless of the fact that the coming of the new law was
announced by the president himself in February of 2015, at the
conclusion of the Tenth Plenary of the Communist Party Central Committee.

There is no permanent entity on the island that governs the electoral
processes, so the preparation of the Register of Voters is a task that
falls on the Ministry of Interior through its offices of the DIIE. This
is where it is registered whether a citizen resides in the national
territory and whether or not he or she is under some legal sentence that
limits his or her rights.

Oddly, the Information note makes it clear that people will be able to
go to the relevant offices in any of the municipalities in the country
"regardless of their place of residence," but does not clarify if voters
can exercise suffrage in the specific district where they physically
reside, even if that is not the legal address recorded on their identity
card.

Thousands of people throughout the country are living as tenants in
private homes without being "properly registered"; many of them,
especially if they live in the capital and are from other provinces, are
prevented from finding a job, even with private employers, because they
can not show "an appropriate address" in their identification document.

In the interest of reducing the number of people who do not vote, the
state might be willing to overlook – for the purposes of voting only –
what it will not tolerate with regards to finding work or enrolling
one's children in school.

No doubt the upcoming elections will be as uninteresting as any others
have been. The absence of a new law indicates that the Candidacies
Commission will continue, and that it will be these bodies that prepare
the lists of aspiring deputies, while maintaining the prohibition
against any of these candidates from presenting a political platform.

As has been the case to date, voters will have to be satisfied with
nothing more than biographical data (prepared by the commissions, not by
the candidates themselves), along with a photo. They will have to vote
for their representatives without having any idea whether or not these
individuals are in favor of foreign investment, if they want to increase
or decrease non-state forms of production in the country, or if they are
likely to be for or against it if the day comes when acceptance of
same-sex marriage is introduced. They will not even know if their
preferred candidate wishes to allocate the nation's budget to build
sports stadiums or theaters.

Of course, there will be no polls speculating on what will be the name
of the person who will occupy the presidential chair in February
2018. Who are they going to put forward? It is the question that the
majority of those few people interested in the subject at all tend to
ask. Perhaps we will have to wait for another Information Note to get a
clue about this great unknown.

Source: Behind the 'Information Note' – Translating Cuba -
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En Cuba se come también la manzana de Apple MARCELO HERNÁNDEZ, La Habana | Mayo 19, 2017 El logotipo de una manzana mordida en el costado destaca en Cupertino, California, y también en un destartalado solar de La Habana. La empresa estadounidense Apple gana espacio en el gusto de los cubanos y los emprendedores aprovechan […] Continue reading
Los profesionales cubanos tienen miedo en Venezuela MARIO J. PENTÓN, Miami | Mayo 18, 2017 Vistos desde la oposición como un ejército de ocupación y desde el Gobierno como soldados del socialismo, decenas de miles de profesionales cubanos viven una situación que se complica día tras día en la convulsa Venezuela. El Gobierno cubano les […] Continue reading
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El presidente de Cuba, Raúl Castro, felicitó este jueves al independentista puertorriqueño Oscar López Rivera por ser un hombre libre, y lo invitó a visitar la isla lo más pronto posible. Continue reading

Un joven murió el viernes de un disparo de arma de fuego en el suroeste de Venezuela y se elevaron a ocho los fallecidos en menos de una semana en la que se recrudecieron las protestas contra el Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro.

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Aniversario muerte en combate de José Martí Hoy conmemoramos la muerte en combate hace 122 años de José Martí, el Apóstol de la Independencia de Cuba, en un enfrentamiento con una columna española en Dos Ríos, en el oriente de la isla. Martí pasó años preparando la Guerra de Independencia desde Estados Unidos y el […] Continue reading
Seguridad del Estado y policía vigilan sede de Damas de Blanco en La Habana Una activista del grupo dijo a Radio Martí que el operativo busca que otras miembros del grupo no puedan llegar a la sede para reunirse, así como impedir la marcha prevista cada domingo en La Habana. La sede del grupo opositor […] Continue reading
Fuga de peloteros jóvenes preocupa a comisionado de béisbol de Cuba El comisionado de béisbol cubano, Yovani Aragón Rodríguez reconoció públicamente que gran parte de los peloteros de las categorías Sub-15 y Sub-18 han abandonado la isla, soñando con jugar en las Grandes Ligas estadounidenses. El comisionado de béisbol de Cuba, Yovani Aragón Rodríguez, expresó […] Continue reading
Reitera secretario de Agricultura de Trump que apoyará financiamiento en EEUU de ventas de alimentos a Cuba “Creo que es algo que yo apoyaría”, dijo Sonny Perdue a congresistas, acerca de un proyecto para eliminar el requisito de pago en efectivo por Cuba o financiamiento solo por terceros países. Matizó que le preocuparía que se […] Continue reading
Corresponsal de revista gay Washington Blade se sintió vigilado en Cuba Luis Felipe Rojas Michael K. Lavers, editor de noticias internacionales de Washington Blade, una publicación de asuntos sobre la comunidad LGBT, sintió la vigilancia de la policía política durante su periplo de 16 días de visita a Cuba. Michael K. Lavers, editor de noticias […] Continue reading
Quedó atrapado por cambio migratorio; EEUU no le concedió asilo y ha regresado a Cuba devastado mayo 19, 2017 Ricardo Quintana / TV Martí Rosa Tania Valdés El miércoles fue deportado a Cuba el psicólogo Maykel Fuentes Valero, después que un tribunal estadounidense determinó la medida el pasado 25 de abril. Había llegado a la […] Continue reading
Cubanos opinan sobre el derecho a la enseñanza privada en la isla mayo 18, 2017 “Yo no desearía tener que mandar a mi hijo a una escuela del gobierno porque no simpatizo con el mal proceder del sistema educacional del país”, afirmó Roberto Arsenio López, pedagogo matancero. La reciente condena impuesta por las autoridades cubanas […] Continue reading
Cuba comienza proceso para futuras elecciones, pero no revela detalles o fechas mayo 18, 2017 Aunque no se han divulgado oficialmente las condiciones o fechas en las que se realizarán las futuras elecciones, se prevé que sean a nivel municipal y entre el final de este año y el inicio de 2018. Cuba anunció este […] Continue reading
Fundación por derechos LGTBI en Cuba suspende evento por acoso policial mayo 18, 2017 Activistas LGTBI suspendieron un evento por el Día Internacional contra la Homofobia tras días de cerco policial a la sede de la organización en Cienfuegos. La Fundación Cubana por los Derechos LGBTI suspendió el miércoles un evento por el Día Internacional […] Continue reading

Un grupo de pequeños empresarios privados se ha unido en La Habana para conformar la Asociación Cubana de Hombres de Negocios (ACHN), con la cual persiguen "empoderar la gestión no estatal".

Los afiliados cuentan con asesoría legal; además, pueden acceder a capacitación en marketing, administración de empresas, contabilidad y liderazgo, y a apoyo financiero para la creación y crecimiento de negocios sostenibles, explicó el presidente de la ACHN, Mateo Moreno Ramón.

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Piden a Ros-Lehtinen que ayude a cubanos varados en terceros países mayo 18, 2017 Convocados por la organización del exilio Vigilia Mambisa, los manifestantes buscaban entregar a la congresista, las listas de cubanos varados en Nuevo Laredo, México, y otros lugares. Un grupo de unas 15 personas acudió este jueves a la oficina de la […] Continue reading
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CEO de la aerolínea Southwest asegura que Cuba sigue siendo de interés para la compañía Federico Beltrán | hace 19 horas Wikimedia Commons “Cuba continúa siendo de interés para nuestra compañía”, aseguró este miércoles Gary Kelly, Director Ejecutivo de la aerolínea Southwest durante la reunión anual de accionistas que se celebra en el centro de […] Continue reading
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Cuba busca usar el “boom” del turismo para dinamizar otras áreas económicas 19 MAY 2017 16h07 Cuba busca aprovechar el auge reciente de su turismo, una de las locomotoras de la economía de la isla, para dinamizar otras áreas y servicios locales, en los que el sector turístico invirtió en 2016 más de 310 millones […] Continue reading
El Gobierno llama a ‘exprimirle’ el jugo al turismo AGENCIAS | La Habana | 19 de Mayo de 2017 – 18:53 CEST. El Gobierno llamó este viernes a “exprimirle y sacarle el jugo” al turismo que está llegando a la Isla, según dio a conocer el diario oficial Juventud Rebelde. Las autoridades señalaron que hay […] Continue reading
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El Gobierno ha retirado 92 licencias a ‘boteros’ de la capital en lo que va de año DDC | La Habana | 19 de Mayo de 2017 – 17:19 CEST. El Gobierno ha retirado en lo que va de año 92 licencias a taxistas privados, los conocidos “boteros” que operan en La Habana, 30 más […] Continue reading

Los populares "almendrones", los automóviles estadounidenses de los años 40 y 50 que ruedan todavía por las calles de Cuba, son los protagonistas de la feria CubaNostalgia, que abrió este viernes sus puertas en Miami.

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El Gobierno llamó este viernes a "exprimirle y sacarle el jugo" al turismo que está llegando a la Isla, según dio a conocer el diario oficial Juventud Rebelde.

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“No llevaba ni un día y ya quería irme” Vacaciones en el infierno: Los ‘todo incluido’ de Cuba Viernes, mayo 19, 2017 | Vladimir Turró Páez MATANZAS, Cuba.- Aún no comienzan sus vacaciones y ya están molestos. Los turistas nacionales que llegan al hotel Mar del Sur en el polo turístico de Varadero tropiezan con […] Continue reading
¿Martí en la ‘actualización del modelo’? Lo que opinaba el Apóstol sobre la propiedad social y la sustitución de importaciones Viernes, mayo 19, 2017 | Orlando Freire Santana LA HABANA, Cuba.- Llegamos al 19 de mayo, fecha que marca un nuevo aniversario de la caída en combate de José Martí, y el oficialismo cubano intensifica […] Continue reading